ST. JOHNS, Mich. (WLNS) – Nearly three hundred new jobs are coming to mid-Michigan. Several stakeholders are coming together to build a new dairy processing facility in St. Johns.
Over $500 million and three hundred new jobs. That’s what’s coming to St. Johns for the new Campus Dairy Project.
Lawmakers and city leaders came together today to announce a new dairy processing facility coming to mid-Michigan. The project is expected to improve the current oversupply of milk in the state and reduce shipping costs that are taking a toll on Michigan farmers.
Governor Rick Snyder says he’s looking forward to this boost in the state’s dairy industry.
“This is a tremendous win for the dairy farmers in our state and for all of Michigan,” said Snyder. “So I’m very excited to be here today.”
This new facility will take up over 140 acres, making it one of the largest in the entire country.
Bob Trezise, the President of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, says they’ve been working hard to make this project possible for the past three years and he’s glad to see it finally set in stone.
“It’s going to really reshape and boost, give an important boost to the dairy farmers of all across Michigan,” said Trezise.
St. Johns Mayor Dana Beaman says the city lost a large economic driver years ago and is glad this new opportunity is coming to the area.
“This is a great economic development not only for St. Johns, but the entire community,” said Beaman.
The project will begin this September and is expected to be completed by December 2020.